Spalted Birch Clock

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Project by Kevin_S posted 09-03-2009 07:03 AM 2800 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my latest project (and my first post for LumberJocks). It’s a clock made from a piece of spalted birch. I had a couple birch trees taken down a few years ago and some months later noticed that some of it was moldy. So I cut off a chunk hoping it wasn’t too far gone and put it in my garage to dry out. In the last few weeks I cleaned it up and made a clock out of it. The movement is a battery powered quartz unit from Klockit. That’s also where I got the numbers and hands. The key used to reinforce the crack is walnut. The finish is shellac.

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 07:51 AM

Very nice clock. Love that spalted birch. A dhame about the crack, but the walnut key is a good idea.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 08:54 AM

That’s some interesting spalting pattern.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 11:34 AM

Hi Kevin

I like the clock a lot very nice I dont mind the crack, the walnut butterfy has been well executed and should keep the crack stabilized for some time to come, keep up the good work.


-- Bill,Bonnie Scotland

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#4 posted 09-03-2009 12:39 PM

I also like this. I’ll have to try this soon.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#5 posted 09-03-2009 03:57 PM

one of a kind good job

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#6 posted 09-03-2009 10:08 PM

A great looking clock. Nice catch and recovery.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 09-04-2009 01:24 AM

Kevin, The spalted Birch is awesome. The crack and the key really adds a nice touch. Great job. Welcome to LJ’s

-- John @

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